More than just tulips and the land of windmills, the Netherlands is home to several attractions that you definitely can’t miss while you’re there. There are lots of attractions to see and places to visit that it would probably take more than just a week to check out the sights and appreciate the culture. But all are worth it for you won’t able to find anything like them anywhere else.
These top 6 attractions are worth taking the time to see when you’re headed to this gorgeous European city. So pack up your camera and take this list with you because we’ve listed down the top tourist attractions in Netherlands for you to visit.
Canals of Amsterdam
You’re not in the Netherlands if you don’t see these canals of Amsterdam often. They are an integral part of the city, just like the canals in Venice. Take a boat tour or water taxi where you can hop on and hop off to check out the sights. Stroll along the smaller pathways by the side of the canals in search of quaint cafes and shops.
Visit the neighborhood of Grachtengordel where you’ll find a number of 17th century houses and small bridges. Take your time and enjoy the scenery as you explore the streets and canals of Amsterdam. You might even stumble upon a gorgeous courtyard behind some of the buildings.
Van Gogh Museum
Another sight to visit in Amsterdam is the Van Gogh Museum. Hailed as one of the world’s talented artist, Van Gogh is known for his paintings The Starry Night and Dr. Gachet. But aside from such paintings, Van Gogh is also popular for his letters and drawings and the fact that he made over hundreds of artworks in such a short span of his lifetime of being an artist.
Visiting the Van Gogh Museum is like stepping into the life of the artist himself. Check out over 200 paintings, 700 letters and 500 drawings in display. The museum is flocked by 1.5 million visitors each year so you know it’s a popular tourist attraction and one that should not be missed.
The Windmills of Kinderdijk
Right on the River Noord is Kinderdijk, a well-known village between Rotterdam and Dordrecht. The village, which in Dutch means Children’s Dike, is known for its windmills dating back to the 18th century. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is frequented by many.
Visit the Windmills of Kinderdijk and witness as these 92-foot sails are set in motion during the month of April to October where it is open to the public.
Be in awe by the abundance of tulips. To see them in all its glory, travel just outside of Lisse where you’ll find Keukenhof or the Garden of Europe. It is a large garden open to the public that has 700 varieties of tulips. The colorful garden stretches over more than 70 acres of land making it look like a sea of flowers.
Aside from tulips, spot several other beautiful flora such as daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses. There are thousands of these that it would be impossible to miss Keukenhof Gardens during your visit.
Also known as the Dutch National Museum, Rijksmuseum is the place to go to if you’re looking to immerse yourself in everything about the Netherlands. From history, to art and culture, this is where you’ll learn it all.
There are 5,000 paintings, a library, a handicraft section, sculpture and modern art housed in this museum. Plan your visit accordingly so you can have time to explore and learn everything at the Rijksmuseum.
The town of Valkenburg is a little reminder of Netherlands’ medieval history. It’s set in the Geul Valley and is a popular holiday destination for locals. There are caves to explore, a spa to relax during your stay and a romantic hilltop castle to visit. Nearby is the St. Nicolaaskerk Basilica, a 14th-century basilica that still holds services to this day.
Visit Valkenburg from mid-November to December 23rd and check out their bustling Christmas Market located in the Velvet Caves.